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|Author: Barbara Shaw McKinney
Illustrator: Michael S. Maydak
Retail Price:Paperback • $8.95
This book is a year-after-year favorite with teachers. It engagingly leads readers around the world following a drop of water—whether as steam or snow, inside a plant or animal, or underground—teaching the wonders and importance of the water cycle. (There’s lots of geography, too.) Four pages of science about the qualities of water are included.
A Teacher’s Guide about the water cycle based on A Drop Around the World is available. This 48-page Guide by master teachers Bruce and Carol Malnor provides a unit plan as well as lesson plans on the qualities of water. It also includes background information and maps for the impact of water on the major world habitats including coasts, mountains, rivers, deserts, tropical rainforests, coral reefs, polar regions, and cities. This Guide is highly recommended for teaching the water cycle.
Educators: download free activities based on this book on our activities page.
- Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for Best Science/Environment Book
— Childsake.com (February 2005)
In A Drop Around the World, storyteller Barbara Shaw McKinney and illustrator Michael S. Maydak collaborate to take young readers ages 5 to 12 on a wondrous journey from Maine to Mumbai following just one raindrop as it touches plant, animal and human life all around the world. Traveling with Drop, readers will see the world, inside and out, from solid, liquid and vaporous viewpoints. The everlasting, ever-changing Drop inspires respect for water and its unique role on Earth. Imaginative and informative, A Drop Around the World is highly recommended for all young readers.
— The Midwest Book Review – The Children’s Bookwatch
The worldwide guide is a raindrop, whose face resembles the serious “man-in-the-moon” image. This cycle-teaching picture book, rhymed in an a-a, b-b pattern, allows the reader to follow one raindrop to interesting global places and peoples. The twenty-two pages of illustrations repeat the raindrop shapes within their compositions; and the four pages of information about water at the book’s end are a plus to the story’s text.
— Children’s Literature – Patricia Timbrook